Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket during the winter months
Sunscreen (if necessary)
Umbrella (if necessary)
What should I wear?
We recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads. Hiking sandals (rather than beach sandals) can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended. Temperatures vary depending on the season in Yosemite therefore we advise people to wear layered clothing.
What do I have to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?
We are the only tour company that goes to the Giant Sequoias Grove on the Yosemite tour, but the hike is dependent on trail and weather conditions. It is usually available from April to October only. If you choose not to participate in the hike, then you would have to stay at the bottom of the trail as you wait for the rest of the group to return from the hike. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 30 minutes round-trip). Paved trail with 400 ft incline.
What languages are available for this tour?
The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio tour is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.
What type of vehicle do you use?
The Total Yosemite Experience Tour is a smaller group tour. We use either a Minibus or 15 seat Passenger Van. This tour also includes a hike to the Giant Sequoias Trees (weather permitting). The Yosemite Bus Tour operates in a large Motor Coach with more people and they do not visit the Giant Sequoia Grove on the bus tour.
What is the difference between Total Yosemite Experience & Yosemite bus tour?
The Total Yosemite Experince Tour is operated in a smaller vehicle, either a 15-Passengers van or an up to 36-Passenger Minibus. It is a semi-private tour that allows us to stop at a Giant Sequoia Grove. The Yosemite Tour by Bus is operated on a larger motor coach, holding up to 50 passengers, and stays inside Yosemite National Park 3-4 hours.
How can I travel around the park during my free time?
Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area. Depending on how much free time you have, there might not be time enough to take the bus.
Do I have to call to reconfirm my pick up time for the return trip?
Yes, we request that you call our toll free number at 1-800-231-3752 the morning of your return to confirm your pickup time and location inside Yosemite National Park.
What is the average temperature in Yosemite?
Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST) Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C - Average Low temperature: 51°F / 10°C, WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY) Average High temperature: 53°F / 12°C - Average Low temperature: 28°F / -2°C
Are there any meals included? If not, where can we buy lunch on the tour?
Meals are not included on this tour. We stop on the way to Yosemite where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a deli in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.
Are we allowed to take food and beverages into Yosemite National Park?
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks with you. You will also be able to purchase food and drinks on the way to Yosemite or inside Yosemite National Park.
Is there a place where we can cook our own food?
No, unfortunately there is no kitchen nor is there a outdoor fire or grill.
Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter the Yosemite for free?
Unfortunately you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance price for the Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle. Therefore the $10 fee will be added to the cost of the tour when you pay.
Where and when are we dropped off on the first day of your Yosemite overnight tour?
You will be dropped off around lunch time close to the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area.
What is a double occupancy?
Double occupancy means two people per room. For example, the price quoted is per person, so "$200 double occupancy" means two people will pay $400 total. If you are going alone, you will pay a different rate for single occupancy.
How can we get to Yosemite View Lodge from Yosemite National Park?
The public transportation system YARTS will get you from inside the park to the Yosemite View Lodge.
Will I be sharing my tent during my overnight stay in Yosemite?
No, you will have your own cabin but you will have a shared bathroom.
How many people are staying in the same dorm at the Bug Lodge?
Rooms can accommodate about 6 to 12 occupants.
Yosemite in Winter One Day Tour
Our Yosemite in Winter One Day Tour from San Francisco is a great way to get the most out of Yosemite during the winter months. Yosemite National Park is open all year round, and this tour will let you explore Yosemite Valley during the beautiful winter snow season. Picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow, and perhaps the coyote that made the prints will be stalking its lunch! In the Yosemite Valley Tour we generally stop to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View), and at the Yosemite Lodge for a hot meal.
In the afternoon, If weather and trail conditions permit, our Yosemite National Park tour may give you an opportunity to hike one mile to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees inside Yosemite National Park. If not, then the day will allow us even more time to take longer walks in the Yosemite Valley, photograph the numerous seasonal waterfalls and other wonderful winter sights, or spend time indoors at the shops, museums, and restaurants in the Village. If you've only been there in the dry seasons, then this will be a completely new way to see Yosemite, and an unforgettable experience. Less than 10% of Yosemite’s visitors come here during the winter, so you might feel like you have the Valley to yourself! Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime Yosemite National Park tour. (Weather, safety, traffic, or construction conditions may require a change in itinerary on any given day.)
* DURING WINTER MONTHS * Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads, are recommended. Note:Note: Please be advised that weather, road and trail conditions in the winter make it less likely that we will be able to enter Tuolomne Grove to see the Giant Sequoias. We will always do what we can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is “Job 1”, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours. Winter in Yosemite might extend from October into April.
Yosemite in Winter One Day Tour by 15-Passenger Van or 36-Passenger Minibus - Times Approximate
Tour Length - 14 hours approximately
6:00 - 7:00 AM
Pick up for your Yosemite tour at your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area.
7:00 - 9:00 AM
Continuing east, see the wind farm and descend into the San Joaquin Valley and stop for a break and a snack.
9:15 - 11:00 AM
Begin the climb into the foothills, through gold country, and up into the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park.
11:00 - 1:30 PM
As you enter the park you will get a glimpse of some of the amazing sights to come as you start your Total Yosemite Experience Tour. If weather and trail conditions permit, we will give you an opportunity take a one mile hike (two miles round trip) to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees inside Yosemite National Park. If snow conditions and safety issues on the trail do not permit us to do the walk, then the day will allow us to spend even more time to take longer walks in the lower elevations of the Yosemite Valley, photograph the numerous seasonal waterfalls and other wonderful winter sights, make a snowman or spend time indoors at the shops, museums, and restaurants in the Village. Be amazed by Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more! Enjoy a mini-hike and plenty of photo stops around the Yosemite Valley. Watch for ice on the trails! Note – The Sequoias hike is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from October to April. See Winter Tour Itinerary.
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Visit the gift shops, have a relaxing hot meal, or get food to go and GO! Walk to the middle of the valley, up to the river banks, or get up close to the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls.
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, with more great scenery as we follow the sun to the west.
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Stop for a break, a stretch, and a bite to eat.
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Continue back across the Central Valley to San Francisco.
7:00 - 8:00 PM
The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door.
Yosemite Winter Tour Available Daily
* DURING WINTER MONTHS * Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads, are recommended. We will always do what we can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is “Job 1”, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours. Note: The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from October to April.